Mini-Laptop: ASUS Eee PC 1001P

>> 28 August 2010

The mini-laptop (netbook) has saslick design, roomy keyboard, and long battery life.

At $299, not only is this netbook $50 to $100 less expensive than many mini-laptops (netbooks,) but it has stylish design and lasting more than 8 hours on a charge. For those on a tight budgets the 1001P is a very good choice.

The Asus Eee PC 1001P look more expensive than its price suggests. The mini-laptop has a white lid (also available in black) with a textured checkerboard pattern of tiny concentric squares. This matte lid keep smudges at bay. The same pattern extends onto the keyboard deck, which is also white; the bezel is still a glossy black. The 10001P measures 10.3x7.0x1.4 inches and weighs at 2.8 pounds.

It has roomy keyboard and the right Shift key isn’t shrunken. The touchpad is white 2.5x1.4-inch, it has a matte surface that exhibited very little friction and also supports multitouch gestures.

The Asus Eee PC 1001P’s 10.1-inch, 1024x600-pixel LED-backlit display, provides decent image quality.

The Asus Eee PC 1001P configured with the 1.66-Ghz Intel Atom N450 processor, 5,400rpm 160GB hard drive, and 1GB RAM (upgradable to 2GB). On the right side of the 1001P are a 3-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and headphone and microphone jacks. On the left side are a USB 2.0 port, a VGA port, and a Kensington lock slot. A 0.3-mega pixel webcam, located above the display, provide clear- if grainy - images. If you wave hand quickly in front of the lens, you will notice little motion blur. The 1001P has an older 802.11b/g Wi-Fi card and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. OS: Windows 7 Starter Edition.

PCMark05 = 1,384 - 82 points below of the mini-laptop category average.
Geek bench =908, which is 50 points higher than the netbooks average.

Graphics performance: 3DMark06 = 155, which falls about 70 points of the category average. But a downloaded high-definition 720p video clip played back smoothly with no hiccups.

Battery life
The 1001P’s 4400-mAh battery achieves 8 hours 23 minutes on battery test, that’s almost three hours longer than the category average.

ASUS’ instant-on OS, Express Gate, can be activated by pressing a button on the upper left-hand of the keyboard. On instant-on OS you have options for an instant-messaging client, online games, photos, Skype, and the Web. The 1001P booted to the OS in 8 seconds.
ASUS provide some softwares and utilities. Most of apps are accessible through the EEE Docking bar, which is centered along the top of the desktop. There are four categories of Eee-branded software: Eee Amuse (contains entertainment options, such as game, magazine, music, TV stations, radio); Eee Sharing (contains a shortcut to E-Cam that launches comprehensive webcam software); Eee Xperience; and Eee Tools.


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